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Qatari Diar Says Rail System May Cost $25.3 Billion

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According to Bloomberg, “Qatar, the world’s largest producer of liquefied natural gas, expects the construction of a railway system will cost 17 billion euros ($25.3 billion) as the Persian Gulf state seeks improved transport links with its neighbors.

Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Co. and German state- owned rail operator Deutsche Bahn AG formed Qatar Railways Development Co. today to build the network in three phases by 2026, Qatari Diar Chief Executive Officer Ghanim bin Saad al- Saad said.

Financing and the budget for the project will be announced very soon, he told reporters in Doha. Qatari Diar is part of the country’s sovereign wealth fund.

Gulf states are channeling crude-oil and gas earnings into railways and airports as they develop infrastructure to help economic development and attract foreign investors and tourists. Dubai, the second-biggest of seven sheikhdoms that make up the United Arab Emirates, in September opened the first metro system in the Gulf Arab countries. Oil-rich Abu Dhabi is conducting studies to build a rail system in the U.A.E. capital.

‘The signing of this agreement shows that German expertise and German technology in the transport sector are in demand the world over,’ Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer said today in a statement.

Qatar’s rail network will integrate projects such as a high-speed link between the gas-rich emirate’s capital Doha and its airport, and a link with Bahrain via a causeway, the companies said in a statement. Qatar will also get passenger and freight links between Doha and the industrial cities of Ras Laffan and Mesaieed, freight lines to other countries and a metro system in the capital.Qatari Diar owns 51 percent of the rail company with Deutsche Bahn holding the rest.”

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Allianz Joins UK Student Housing Platform

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Since 2010, a rush of foreign capital has been plowed into the U.K. student housing market. On June 22, 2018, Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC and Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) sold an interest in their joint venture called Chapter to Allianz. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Turkish President Erdogan Wins Re-Election

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won re-election, collecting 53% of the votes, while his closest rival Muharrem Ince generated a vote count of 31% – this is with 99% of the votes counted, according to Turkish state media Anadolu.

Erdogan gave a victory speech in Ankara, commenting, “The winner of this election is each and every individual among my 81 million citizens.”

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Will Sovereign Funds Capture Opportunity in Trump’s Space Force?

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U.S. President Donald Trump is keen on making a mark in the defense industry by launching a Space Force (joining – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard) – attempting to ensure American dominance in space. Morgan Stanley eyes a potential windfall, seeing a US$ 1 trillion economy brewing. Morgan Stanley released a note to clients commenting that a Space Force, “could address critical vulnerabilities in national security, raising investor awareness in the formation of what we see as the next trillion-dollar economy.”

Sovereign wealth funds and other asset owners are major financial backers of semiconductors, defense, and companies focused on satellites and rockets. According to SWFI data, since 2014, there has been an increase in direct sovereign wealth fund investment in the aerospace and defense industry. In 2017, sovereign funds directly invested US$ 4.76 billion in aerospace and defense.

On June 18th, President Trump said, “Very importantly, I’m here by directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces. That’s a big statement.”

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From a sovereign wealth fund perspective, many wealth funds are active in investing strategically in the aerospace and defense arena. Mubadala Investment Company has been active in aerospace investments such as Piaggio Aerospace SpA, while SoftBank Group has tremendous exposure to artificial intelligence companies and semiconductors. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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